There’s blue cheese and then there’s blue cheese. If you’ve tried Cashel Blue cheese from Kerrygold, you know that it is different from the ordinary. It’s so smooth, creamy, and fragrant, you just want to put it in everything. That’s why, when Kerrygold gave us an opportunity to sample some Cashel Blue and design a recipe around it, we jumped at the chance to create something that both adults and kids could enjoy.
This cornbread (the “bread” of which is adapted from the Hillbilly Housewife) is faintly sweet and a little bit crunchy, and it is rounded out by the perfect tang from the blue cheese. It’s especially tasty when served a little Kerrygold butter and some fresh local honey.
Cashel Blue Cornbread
1/2 cup Kerrygold butter
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 large eggs
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/3 cup Cashel Blue cheese
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the butter in a large cast iron pan and then place the pan in the oven for 3 to 5 minutes, or however long it takes to melt the butter. Remove the pan from the oven and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, and sugar until well beaten. From the cast iron pan, carefully pour the melted butter into the batter, leaving about 1 tablespoon of butter in the pan. And finally, stir the cornmeal, flour, and baking powder into the batter. Pour the batter onto the heated cast iron pan. Drop dollops of the blue cheese onto the batter in small half-teaspoon-sized increments. (You can do it in smaller dollops scattered around the cornbread, or in slightly larger dollops, evenly spaced around the circle like we did here.)
Bake at 400 for 25 minutes until golden brown and set (the edges should pull away from the sides). Serves 8.
Will the kids like it? As we mentioned, we scored big points by serving it with honey. The sweetness adds a nice complement to the tang.
We also served it with a classic summer grilled dinner. Clockwise from top: steak, corn, green beans, cherries, Cashel Blue cornbread.
Blogger disclosure: We did not receive compensation for this post. We did, however, receive a sample of Cashel Blue from Kerrygold for review.